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School board elections are Tuesday

Candidates seek area positions

September 7, 2013
Messenger News

Voters in Iowa will go to the polls Tuesday to elect members of their local school board.

Here's a look at races throughout the north central Iowa region.

Webster County

In the Fort Dodge school district, seven candidates will vie for three seats on the board.

They are Stuart Cochrane, Brian Forsythe, Randall M.D. Funchess, William Offerman, Lisa Shimkat, Troy Schroeder and John F. Williams.

Candidates are elected at-large, meaning that the top three vote-receivers will be elected to four-year terms.

In the Manson Northwest Webster school district, Marty Hart and Brent Johnson will run for an at-large sear. Steven Markert is unopposed in District 1, and Zuella Swartzendruber is unopposed in District 2. A public measure is also on the ballot to increase the district's physical plant and equipment levy by 33 cents per $1,000 valuation.

In the Southeast Webster Grand district, Dave Hainzinger is unopposed in District 1. Joni Reiling and Michele Stapp are running for the District 2 seat, while Grant Gibbons, Dustin Hector, William Hinman and Robert Scott will compete in District 3.

In the Prairie Valley school district, Jim Carlson is unopposed for an at-large seat. Heidi McGuire is also unopposed in District 1. Three candidates - Joe Harrison, Shannon Miller and Emilea F. Lundberg - will square off in District 3.

Calhoun County

A newly created board for the South Central Calhoun school system will officially govern the district beginning July 1, 2014.

In the interim, the two former districts that combined to create South Central Calhoun - Rockwell City/Lytton and Southern Cal - will hold elections to fill seats for the final nine months of their existence.

For Rockwell City/Lytton, Bradley J. Assman is unopposed in District 1, and Roscoe Simpson III is unopposed in District 2. No candidates filed for an at-large seat, which means it will be filled by write-in vote.

For Southern Cal. Larry Irwin is unopposed in District 1, and Jim A. Brown is unopposed in District 2. No candidates filed for an at-large seat, which means it will be filled by write-in vote.

Humboldt County

The Humboldt school board election will feature five uncontested races. Janell Smith is unopposed in District 1, Kyle Kluender is unopposed in District 2, Randy Hildreth is unopposed in District 3, Brody Clark is unopposed in District 4 and Suzanne Newton is unopposed for an at-large seat.

Three seats are open in the Gilmore City/Bradgate district. One candidate, Judy Marchant, filed, meaning the other two seats will be filled by write-in vote.

In the Twin Rivers district, Davanna Fedkenbeuer is unopposed in District 1, and Tom Olson is unopposed in District 3. No one filed to run in District 2, which means it will be filled by write-in vote.

Hamilton County

In the Webster City school district, Pamela Hayes and Michelle Zahn are unopposed for at-large seats on the board.

In the Stratford school district, Julie Patterson, Chad Smith and Alison Weidemann are unopposed for at-large seats on the board.

Kossuth County

In the Algona school district, two candidates are unopposed for at-large seats: Cheryl Grether and Jay Limbaugh. A truncated one-year term on the board is also up for election. No candidates filed for the seat, which means it will be filled by write-in vote.

In the Corwith Wesley district, Keith Hauswith and Tracy Studer are unopposed for two at-large seats.

In the Luverne district, Meredith E. Collins and Charles Legler are unopposed two at-large seats.

Sac County

In the East Sac school district, five candidates are running for two at-large seats: Carolyn Carnes, Rochelle Crump, Amanda Lynch, Jackie Mahler and Jay Stoltenberg. The top two vote-receivers will be elected to four-year terms.

Pocahontas County

In the Pocahontas Area school district, John Behrendsen is unopposed for an at-large seat on the board. In District 1, James Von Dolteren is also unopposed. District 2 features a three-way race among Jessica Anderson, Brooke McCartan and Richard Garner .

In the Laurens-Marathon district, Michael Olson, Matt Tate and Charles J. Harrold are facing off for two seats on the board. Deb Kenobbie is running unopposed to fill a vacant seat on the board.

Wright County

In the Eagle Grove school district, Erin Halverson and Jon Rowen are unopposed in their pursuit of two at-large seats on the board.

In the Clarion-Goldfield district, Timothy Nagel is unopposed for an at-large seat. Beth Jackson and Elizabeth Severson are unopposed for seats in Director District 1.

In the Dows district, three candidates - Betty Ellis, Cynthia Ingebritson and Corey Jacobson - are unopposed for at-large seats on the board.

Voters in both Clarion-Goldfield and Dows will decide whether or not to merge the two districts. Should the ballot measure pass, the new Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Community School District will come into existence on July 1, 2014.

 
 

 

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